Doctoral Student Services

See the Teach Yourself! section to learn more about how to find, request, and use research.

What are the library hours during DAOM modules?

During most of the year, the library is open from 7:45 AM to 7  PM, Monday through Thursday, 7:45 AM to 6 PM on Fridays, and 11 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays. If you have specific research questions you need assistance with, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule an appointment. We can offer reference help in person, by phone, or by email. 

I live out of state. Can you mail me a book?

Yes. Unless the next module is a week or less away, the library will mail books directly to doctoral students. Doctoral students need to contact library staff directly in order to request books be shipped to them.

How long can I keep borrowed materials?

Except for class reserve materials and items that have a waiting list, doctoral students may keep borrowed materials, including both books and media,  until the first day of the next monthly campus visit (usually 4 weeks).

Can I renew my materials?

You may renew a borrowed item twice. To renew an item, the doctoral student may either:

  • Renew online using their library card.
  • Bring the book to the library to renew it in person.
  • Email or call the library at (503) 253-3443 x 132.

In the case that a doctoral student forgets to renew the book and another student is waiting for that book, the doctoral student has one day after the end of the weekend module to mail the book back. After that, a late fee will be assessed to the item at $0.20 per day.

What is the charge for late materials?

There won’t be any charge if the doctoral student returns the borrowed item one day after the due date. After that, the late fee will start to accrue at the following rate:

  • Books & Media: $0.20 per day
  • Class Reserve Materials (if applicable): $0.50 per hour.

Materials six weeks overdue will be treated as lost materials and will be assessed with the lost material charge including the replacement cost of the item and a $5 processing fee. Unpaid library fees will be collected during registration for the next term; for graduating students, diplomas will be withheld until all library fees are paid.

What if the item I am looking for is not available?

If the item is in Primo but is currently checked out, you may:

    1. Place a hold on the item using your library card, or
    2. Check with your local public library--see if they can obtain the item for you by an earlier date through their Interlibrary Loan service.

If you are having a hard time finding material on your topic, you can also try searching libraries all across the globe by visiting WorldCat. If you find an item you are interested in that the OCOM Library does not have access to, you can see if it is available at your local public library or request it using OCOM's ILL Service. For simple searches, you may also use this search box:

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